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Calamity or Commerce?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jul, 2018 Issue

I recently came across James Conaway’s new book, Napa at Last Light: Americas Eden in an Age of Calamity. Calamity is not a word to toss around lightly, especially to someone like me, who has, on more than one occasion, been called a Calamity Jane. Not many could get away with speaking about Napa Valley as an agrarian ideal in one breath and a viticultural Disneyland in the next. In the forward alone, his tale goes from adoration to what feels like a eulogy to the Napa Valley that once was. A time before our humble valley became a mecca of wine, commerce—and if you’re talking to Conaway—a calamity in the making.


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Hear Me Roar!

Columnist: Christina Julian
Apr, 2018 Issue

I was raised in a household that bent to the right, so the idea of seeing women in positions of power on the political front, was unthinkable. Now, as mid-century status beckons, it’s less about what side of the fence I lean on, and more about being open and ready for action.


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Calistogas Drinking Problem

Columnist: Christina Julian
Mar, 2018 Issue

Last year I received multiple notices that read: “Important Information About Your Drinking Water.” These notices detailed all the ways in which Calistoga drinking water is polluted. The data stings, but it’s not news. I’ve known our water stinks, metaphorically and literally, for years. Ever since I was pregnant with the twins, I’ve been unable to stomach the stench of our tap water. On a good day, it smells musty and moldy. On moderate ones, more like swamp water. And on the worst of days (often), poopy diapers.


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Behemoth Begone

Columnist: Christina Julian
Feb, 2018 Issue

Behemoth Begone? 


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Ready to Pour

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jan, 2018 Issue

Communities are resilient. A fact that always amazes me every time hard times hit. It’s not that I’m expecting people not to band together, because that’s what we do. Especially in a tightly knit community like Napa Valley. Signs of thanks to our firefighters and first responders paint our city and town streets more than a month after the wildfires hit. In a valley where the livelihood dives and thrives with the whims of Mother Nature, our people and grapes are built to withstand it all. Like the loyal hounds that chase winery owners through vineyard rows, we lick our wounds, and then get back to business. If you live here, you know this. As for the rest of the world—it’s a message that needs to be spread—Napa Valley is still standing—and ready to pour. 


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Out From Under the Ashes

Columnist: Christina Julian
Dec, 2017 Issue

Today is the first day in a week that I’ve sat down to write on my computer. This says something for someone who is incessantly tied to her devices and has been called a laptop whore on more than one occasion. I started this column a week ago on the heels of my twins’ fourth birthday bash in October that was held at Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga, a fixture of an establishment on Tubbs Lane, which happens to grant locals a 50 percent discount on admission. 


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Cork This

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jan, 2017 Issue

An informal phone conversation went from cordial to curt when I learn corkage is no longer free and ask the simple question: Why?


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Managing Growth

Columnist: Christina Julian
Dec, 2016 Issue

Despite all the turmoil swirling around the wine industry, our restaurant and hospitality scene soldiered on.


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Road to Nowhere

Columnist: Christina Julian
Nov, 2016 Issue

The only way I can imagine any person or business agreeing to such an overextended project was a failure to read the fine print.


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Dared to Be Different

Author: Christina Julian
Oct, 2016 Issue

I’ve never known wines to have personalities, but then again I hate Pinot Noirs, so what do I know.


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So Long to Summer

Author: Christina Julian
Sep, 2016 Issue

Now a regular at the Barrel Auction, I delight in seeing what changes from one year to the next as well as reveling in those things that never do.


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Fly Wine

Author: Christina Julian
Jul, 2016 Issue

You can only say Im sorry, so many times; an offering of wine says what words cant.


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The Growth Bender

Author: Christina Julian
Jun, 2016 Issue

As is often the case with any addiction, I have to ask myself if this latest binge is really worth it considering the hangover thats sure to follow.


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Wines Are Like Supermodels

Author: Christina Julian
May, 2016 Issue

Jay McInerney enchanted us with his comparison of Chablis to Kate Moss and of Monterey County Chardonnay to Pamela Anderson.


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Do One Thing Well

Author: Christina Julian
Apr, 2016 Issue

What is an upscale sports bar? Im certain theres an oxymoron in there somewhere.


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Winding Up and Down the Valley

Author: Christina Julian
Mar, 2016 Issue

To change or not to change? That’s the question that dominated 2015 conversations.


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Rebirth and Rocky Roads

Author: Christina Julian
Feb, 2016 Issue

In the midst of hot debates over growth and regulation, Napa Valley finds a way to remain authentic.


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Life Lessons

Author: Christina Julian
Jan, 2016 Issue

Christina ponders questions of gender equality and age-related bias in the wine world.


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Divided and United

Author: Christina Julian
Dec, 2015 Issue

Solving our valley’s breed of family squabbles feels about as likely as having a stress-free holiday season.


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Napa Valley Biz: Boom or Bust

Author: Christina Julian
Nov, 2015 Issue

Love us or leave us, Napa Valley biz stays true to its own culture..


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Citizens Uprising

Author: Christina Julian
Oct, 2015 Issue

To me, self-certification feels about as effective as asking a teenager to monitor their own use of screen time.


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The Sucker Punch of Growth

Columnist: Christina Julian
Sep, 2015 Issue

Is the Winery Definition Ordinance working when it comes to growth and restrictions?


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Giving Gone Wild

Columnist: Christina Julian
Aug, 2015 Issue

Auction Napa Valley has another exemplary year.


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Big Sound, Big Biz?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jul, 2015 Issue

Napa’s music scene is heating up slowly but surely.


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Is It Time to Drop the Gauntlet on Development?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jun, 2015 Issue

Christina hopes winery development gets under control sooner than later.


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